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ISO27001 is an Information Security Management System (ISMS) that is a systematic approach to managing personal and sensitive information and data so that it remains available, confidential and intact. It can help businesses of all sizes, in any industry sector to keep information assets secure and avoid data breach, hacks and compromise. 

ISO27001 is one of the most popular information security standards in the world, with certifications growing by more than 450% in the past ten years. It is recognised globally as a benchmark for good security practice, and enables organisations to achieve accredited certification by an accredited certification body following the successful completion of an audit.

ISO 27001 supports compliance with a host of laws, including the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the NIS Regulations (Network and Information Systems Regulations).

In more detail

Implementing ISO27001 is a lengthy process with highly technical detail. Luckily, our qualified security consultants are here to help define your scope and install your ISMS, with experience in helping businesses of all sizes to identify risks and vulnerabilities, our experts can implement a robust ISMS. 

At the end of this process, we want you to be fully prepared for your audit(s) through providing expert support, therefore we’ve simplified the jargon to give you a clear understanding on what ISO27001 is.

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Bespoke or off-the-shelf framework that's integrated as a whole.

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Framework elements that are specific to your business.

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Perfectly aligned, business branded documentation and processes.

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Effective communication and training throughout the business.

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We solve the compliance problems that plague professional businesses. Our consultants work with you to help establish ISO27001 in your workplace.

From start to finish

Delivery from across all, or part of, the compliance life cycle.

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Delivery off-the-shelf or bespoke or anywhere in between.

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Friendly and accessible engagement from our experts.

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Focused on delivering our services according to your business objectives.

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Discover how ISO27001, combined with our experts and knowledge, can benefit your business both financially and professionally.

Reduce the chance of a security breach

Fulfil internationally recognised security requirements and ensure systematic detection of technical and process vulnerabilities.

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Implement a tried and tested framework for addressing security compliance requirements.

Minimise your IT risks of possible damage and costs

Lower your costs through more effective management.

Implement information and data confidentially

Increase your level of trust with all your partners, customers and the public.

Training

Great businesses are consistent. We train you and your employees to stay updated with ISO27001, empowering them to keep senstive information confidential, whilst giving you peace of mind knowing your business is secure.

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We produce training materials specifically for your business.

Wide variety of resources

Documentation, videos, images, PowerPoint slides or quizzes. We can do them all.

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Integrating training resources into your learning management system (LMS) using our Moodle publishing platform or hosting your training on our platform.

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We turn all resources into an education training product.

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Implement ISO27001 yourself knowing you have expert advice and support whenever you need it to provide guidance and resource to ensure that you’re compliant with audit expectations.

Save money

The most cost-effective and flexible way to pass your ISO27001 audit.

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Call on us to advise and help wherever and whenever needed.

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Deliver to your own timescales using your own internal resources.

Save time

Quickly and easily available.

Benefits of working with us

With us, you can skip the headache and be confident that your business is compliant. We take the pressure off of you and guide you through the compliance life-cycle one step at a time.

Guaranteed certification

We guarantee ISO27001 certification providing you follow our advice.​​

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ISO27001 methodologies, tools, processes and documents off-the-shelf to save you cost, time and effort

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Experienced consultants that have successfully delivered ISO27001 in challenging situations.​

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Delivering all or only those aspects of ISO27001 that you need saving costs, time and effort.

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Across different industries and organisations of all sizes, delivering ISO27001 successfully.​​

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You benefit from our real-world consultant expertise, not just academic and certification knowledge.​

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Our pricing, proposals and delivery are completely transparent.

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For most small businesses, we can put ISO27001 fundamentals into place within 3 months.

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We are flexible and modular. This means that we can flex and size according to your business requirements.

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We understand your business objectives in regard to ISO27001 and engage with the stakeholders and customers that have a vested interest in ISO27001 compliance and can help with successful delivery.

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Having understood your business objectives for ISO27001 and security, we are in a position to present what success looks like. We take on-board comments and modify as a result. The outcome is a strategy and plan for successful delivery.

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We then can present the working methodologies, tools, processes, documents and training to implement your ISO27001 compliance requirements.

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We can now support you in your final ISO27001 audit. We are available to present the audit on your behalf or to lend assistance.

As a result of the audit, any further improvements to your ISO27001 implementation can be quickly and easily implemented.

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Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech

Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech

Ars Technica

Time is running out to get your online Christmas shopping done, but the Dealmaster is here with another round of tech discounts to help you cross out the last few people on your list. Today’s deal roundup includes a handful of deals on Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops, including a Core i5 variant of the excellent ThinkPad X1 Carbon available for just under $900. Beyond that, the PS4’s latest blockbuster exclusive, Death Stranding, is down to a new low of $35, Apple’s latest iPad is still at its Black Friday price of $250, and the Roomba 675 is down to a low of $200. There are plenty more deals to peruse besides those, so have a look at the full rundown below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $674.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 – normally $899.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 – normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo Flex 15 laptop – Intel Core i5-1035G1, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $521.99 at Lenovo (use code: FLEXSAVE10 – normally $749.99).
  • Apple Mac Mini (late 2018) desktop – Intel Core i3-8100B, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $679 at B&H (normally $799).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop – Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $739.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Enlarge / Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
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Video game deals

Gaming deals

<em>Death Stranding</em>'s Sam Porter Bridges is just your average delivery man out to save the post-apocalyptic world.

Enlarge / Death Stranding‘s Sam Porter Bridges is just your average delivery man out to save the post-apocalyptic world.

TV and home entertainment deals

Electronics deals

The Sonos One.

Enlarge / The Sonos One.
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Audio deals

Smart home deals

  • Amazon Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited 1-month membership for $10.98 at Amazon ($8.98 for Prime members, requires auto-renewal – normally $48.98).
  • TP-Link KP200 smart power outlet for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $34.99).
  • TP-Link HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip – 6-outlet for $59.49 at Amazon (normally $69.99).
  • TP-Link HS100 smart plug for $13.99 at Amazon (normally $16.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $89.99).
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) smart speaker + Philips Hue smart bulb for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $149.99).
  • Google Home Mini (2-pack) smart speaker for $45 at Walmart (normally $59.99).
  • Google Nest Hub smart display + Google Nest Mini smart speaker for $79 at Best Buy and Target (normally $129.99).
  • iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $50 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Eufy RoboVac 30 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub smart garage door opener for $28.90 at Amazon (normally $44.99).

The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.

Enlarge / The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
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Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Ultra 6qt 10-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $84.99 at Walmart (normally $109.99).
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano USB-C wall charger -18W for $15.99 at Amazon (clip 20% coupon – normally $19.99).
  • Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth car transmitter and charger – 2x USB-A, Bluetooth 4.2 for $11.70 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon – normally $16.99).
  • Anker PowerLine (10ft) USB-A to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $10.19 at Amazon (normally $11.99).
  • Anker PowerLine II (3ft) USB-C to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $15.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Aukey CB-C64 USB-C hub – 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $14.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).

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Guidemaster: 10 tech gifts to improve the home office

It's not easy to please everyone when it comes to gifting. But trust us, everyone could use a password manager.

Enlarge / It’s not easy to please everyone when it comes to gifting. But trust us, everyone could use a password manager.
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So far, our 2019 holiday gift guide series has covered gifts for those on a budget, gifts for frequent travelers, and gifts for the home. Today, we’re turning our attention to the office and general productivity needs.

Below you’ll find another hand-picked batch of recommendations based on a year’s worth of product testing. These are thoughtful yet pragmatic gifts to help improve your friends’ and family’s work spaces through technology. From password managers to keyboards to business-friendly laptops, we know firsthand that each of the products below can make productive time less of a slog.

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1Password

1Password

Most workplaces require you to have more usernames and passwords than you’d like. Instead of clicking that “forgot password” button once a week, 1Password can help organize and store all of your work and personal account credentials. As long as you can remember one password, the program will do the rest of the heavy lifting.

1Password keeps all of your usernames and passwords, along with secure notes, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information of your choosing, in a vault that’s secure using AES-256 bit encryption and a secret key that only you know. It also syncs across all of your devices, allowing you to quickly log in to any of your accounts with just a couple taps or clicks. 1Password also has browser extensions for the most popular browsers so, when you inevitably create a new account somewhere on the web, you can quickly save it to 1Password without thinking twice about it.

Solid security, seamless integration, and ease of use have made 1Password one of my most used programs on a daily basis. It’s sped up my workflow immeasurably, and I spend much less time fumbling with temporary passwords and emailed security codes thanks to it. And at $2.99 per month, it’s one of the most affordable ways you can make your work and personal lives a little bit easier.

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The Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger.

Enlarge / The Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger.
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If your loved one has many devices that often need charging at the same time, the Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger should make their day-to-day less of a headache. It’ll keep them in arm’s length of four USB charging ports, including a 60W USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port that’s capable of refilling nearly all recent smartphones and many Ultrabooks and MacBooks (15-inch MacBook Pro notwithstanding) at maximum speeds. Nekteck includes a three-foot USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, and there are three 12W USB-A ports alongside the PD port that can charge other accessories at a more traditional rate. (Just note that the whole thing can only output 72W total at a time, so you won’t get the full 12W out of each USB-A port if more than one is in use simultaneously.)

The charger connects via an AC outlet, but at 3.14×3.74×1.97 inches, the station itself won’t chew up a ton of room on a desk. It’s also been certified by the USB Implementers Forum—a body headed by Apple, Intel, and other tech giants that looks over the USB spec—so you can be confident that it won’t fry anyone’s devices over time. Plus, at $30, it’s good value for the amount of power it packs.

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Logitech Craft

The Logitech Craft keyboard.

Enlarge / The Logitech Craft keyboard.
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A good wireless keyboard can be hard to find, but Logitech’s Craft is one of the more luxurious ones that stands out. Primarily, it’s a solid keyboard that’s relatively quiet and has decent travel, and the experience doesn’t falter even after months of continuous use. It also has a great battery life—it charges via USB-C and will last weeks on a single charge, even when used every day for hours at a time. It conveniently connect to your PC via Bluetooth or the included universal USB receiver as well.

A peculiar perk is the dial that sits at the Craft’s top-left corner. It can be programmed using Logitech options (along with other mappable keys) to do different things like adjust volume, switch tabs, and edit a photo’s contrast and brightness, and more depending on the program you’re currently using. That makes it a natural pick for creatives who will find the dial’s precision better than that of a trackpad or a mouse, but it’s also just a convenient tool for regular users as well.

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Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back today with more holiday deals to share. Of note are a few deals on the newest model of the Nintendo Switch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart all have Nintendo Switch deals right now that include up to $30 in gift cards or promotional credit when purchasing the console at its regular price of $299.

At Amazon, you can get the Nintendo Switch plus a $30 promotional credit (to be issued within one week of the console shipping) for $299. Best Buy has a similar offer, including a $30 Best Buy e-gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo Switch for $299. Walmart’s deal includes the Nintendo Switch, $20 Nintendo eShop credit, and a carrying case for $299.

Aside from console-and-game bundles, these are the best kinds of deals you can expect on the Nintendo Switch. The console rarely dips below its regular price of $299, so the more additional things you can get in a bundle price, the better. Retailers typically include games, accessories, and credit in such bundles, and we saw similar deals on the Nintendo Switch during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s likely that these deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will be the best deals on the Nintendo Switch that we’ll see between now and the end of 2019.

The Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular holiday gifts since it came out a couple of years ago, and it’s worth noting that all of the deals mentioned above are on the newest Nintendo Switch model. This console increases the original model’s battery life to a maximum of 9 hours on a single charge, a welcome improvement from the maximum 6.5 hours of battery life in the original Switch.

If you’re not in the market for a Nintendo Switch, we have numerous other holiday deals on laptops, wireless earbuds, smart TVs, mobile accessories, and more. Check out the full list of deals below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.

Enlarge / The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.
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Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF7 – normally $1,022.95).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF1 – normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo ThinkBook 13s laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $549 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBOOK – normally $799).
  • Dell G3 15 (newest model) gaming laptop – Intel Core i5-9300H, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660Ti for $949 at Dell (normally $1,169).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop – Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $729.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • HP Envy 17t laptop – Intel Core i5-10210U, 17.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 16GB Optane Memory, GeForce MX250 for $749.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • 27-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $398.46 at Amazon (normally $439.99).

<em>Borderlands 3</em>.

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<em>Overwatch</em> running on the Nintendo Switch.

Enlarge / Overwatch running on the Nintendo Switch.
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The OnePlus 7 Pro.

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The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.

Enlarge / The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
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The Logitech Crayon stylus.

Enlarge / The Logitech Crayon stylus.
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Dealmaster: Get holiday sales on Lenovo ThinkPads, board games, and more

Dealmaster: Get holiday sales on Lenovo ThinkPads, board games, and more

Ars Technica

Today’s tech deal roundup brings a number of leftover sales from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Lenovo, for one, is still running a couple of deals on very good ThinkPad laptops: a configuration of its latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon with an 8th-gen Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive is available for less than $1,000 with the code “THINKBF1,” while a similar config of the more business-oriented ThinkPad T490 is down to $749 with the code “THINKBF7”. We rate the former very highly—just note that its memory is not upgradeable, though it is a lighter and more premium-feeling machine than the latter.

Beyond that, we’re still seeing a number of Cyber Week sales going strong: the Razer DeathAdder Elite, our favorite gaming mouse, is still at a low of $25; a number of Instant Pot models remain on sale; and our favorite noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3, are still at their Black Friday discount of $70 off. The Dealmaster has a one-day Amazon sale on board games, a discount on retro NES-style controllers for the Nintendo Switch, deals on recommended microSD cards and portable power banks, and much more. Have a look at the full rundown below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen.

Enlarge / The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen.
Valentina Palladino

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF7 – normally $1,022.95).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF1 – normally $1,399).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $709.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2717D monitor – 1440p, IPS, 60Hz for $229.95 at B&H (normally $299.99).
  • 27-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $398.46 at Amazon (normally $439.99).
  • 32-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $449.99 at Amazon (normally $499.99).

How art deco is the world of <em>Outer Worlds</em>? Well, check out those mansard roofs.

Enlarge / How art deco is the world of Outer Worlds? Well, check out those mansard roofs.
Obsidian Entertainment

Video game deals

The Sega Genesis Mini.

Enlarge / The Sega Genesis Mini.
Sam Machkovech

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

The OnePlus 7 Pro. With a front that is nearly all pixels, there isn't much you can do to improve smartphone design from here.

Enlarge / The OnePlus 7 Pro. With a front that is nearly all pixels, there isn’t much you can do to improve smartphone design from here.
Ron Amadeo

Electronics deals

The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.

Enlarge / The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
iRobot

Smart home deals

Aukey's PB-Y13 portable power bank.

Enlarge / Aukey’s PB-Y13 portable power bank.

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Duo 60 (6qt) 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $49 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $79.99).
  • Instant Pot Duo 60 Plus (6qt) 9-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $64.99 at Amazon (normally $119.95).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).
  • Anker PowerLine II (6ft) USB-A to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $10.99 at Amazon (normally $12.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Anker PowerPort PD 2 USB-C wall charger – 30W total, 18W USB-C PD for $17.99 at Amazon (normally $22.99).
  • Aukey PB-Y13 portable battery – 10,000mAh, 18W USB-C PD, USB-A for $20.99 at Amazon (clip $9 coupon – normally $29.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Apple Leather Case for iPhone 11 Pro for $30 at Amazon (normally $49).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • Twelve South Bookarc vertical MacBook stand for $46.49 at Amazon (normally $59.99).

Guidemaster: The best tech that will make your home an even better place

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iRobot

We could all use a little more help around our home, and luckily now there’s a lot of tech that can lend a hand. There are a plethora of smart home devices that can do everything from lock your doors, vacuum your carpets, or keep a watchful eye over your possessions while you’re away.

Wading through the ocean of smart home tech isn’t easy—and, admittedly, much of the smart home space is not worth your time or your money. However, we’ve tried (and personally purchased) many home tech devices that actually do deliver on what they promise. These items make keeping your home how you like it much easier.

Not all of the home tech we recommend falls into the large and nebulous category of “the Internet of Things,” either—some are kitchen appliances, home speakers, gaming accessories, and other devices that most people primarily use in the home in order to make that space feel more like our own. Some after a lot of lived-in testing time, here’s all of the home tech that we think would make great gifts this holiday season.

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Philips Hue lights

Philips Hue color smart light bulbs.

Enlarge / Philips Hue color smart light bulbs.
Philips

One of the easiest ways to start making your home smarter is with smart light bulbs and Philips’ Hue line are a good option. First, you can get white or color bulbs—while most will be happy with plain, ol’ white, color bulbs can be fun if you want to add personality to a room with color-changing light scenes.

Second, all Hue bulbs connect to a bridge that comes with most Hue starter packs. The bridge helps the lights communicate with each other and with your home Wi-Fi, which is how you control them. Using the Hue mobile app, you can turn on and off individual lights or entire rooms lights, dim them to your liking, and set schedules. You can have all the lights in your home come on before you arrive home from work, so you’re not walking into a dark house.

Third, Hue light bulbs connect to a bunch of other smart home systems like Works with Alexa, IFTTT, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, and more. That means you can control your lights using voice commands or other smart commands that you customize. Not only are Hue lights an easy and affordable way to get into smart home tech, but they also make the lights in your home even more convenient to control on a regular basis.

Philips Hue White and Color starter set product image

Philips Hue White and Color starter set

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Zojirushi rice cooker

Zojirushi rice cooker.

Enlarge / Zojirushi rice cooker.
Zojirushi

I make a lot of rice and I’ve gone through at least two rice cookers in the process. After my last $25 rice cooker broke on me, I decided to invest in the Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Micom rice cooker and—this is not hyperbole—it’s changed my cooking life. Gone are the days of burnt or undercooked rice as Zojirushi’s magical machine has propelled me into a world where all kinds of rice are cooked to perfection every single time.

I attribute this to actually reading the directions that come with the rice cooker. If you do this and follow the instructions, washing the rice before cooking and using the proper settings on the cooker itself, everything made in this machine will be tasty. In addition to rice, Zojirushi’s machine comes with a steaming basket for steaming vegetables and other foods, and it even has a cake setting.

But the machine truly shines make rice. You don’t have to guess how much water to include as the interior pot has indicators for that, and you don’t have to guess cooking times either. The machine senses how much rice and water you put into the pot and automatically sets the cooking time. All you have to do is wait for it to play a cute little jingle as soon as your rice is done and then experience rice heaven. I’ll never go back to a cheap rice cooker again, and I implore anyone who eats a lot of rice to consider a Zojirushi machine.

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 rice cooker product image

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 rice cooker

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